The Gamecocks (7-14, 3-3 OVC) blew past UT Martin (10-9, 2-2 OVC) 82-60 on Saturday’s game at Pete Mathews Coliseum to pick their second win in a row.
Junior guard Erik Durham, from Springfield, Mo., was an instrumental offensive weapon for the Gamecocks in the win.
Durham, who scored 31 points, was only a made three-point shot away from tying the school record of nine-made in a game.
Aside from a layup by the Skyhawks’ Twymond Howard to tie the game at 2, Jacksonville State was in control.
A jump shot Malcolm Drumwright was the first basket made for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Jacksonville State was consistently maintaining a 5-point lead over the Skyhawks. By half time they had began to pull away from UT Martin.
When they headed into the locker room, they had a comfortable 14-point lead over the Skyhawks, 44-30.
Jacksonville State shot an impressive 51.5 percent for field goals, and 40.9 percent from three- point land in the first half.
The Gamecocks’ defense were able to hold UT Martin to only 39.1 percent on field goal shooting, and 28.6 percent for three-pointers.
Coming back onto the court, Jacksonville State was just as fired up as they were in the first half.
A foul by the Skyhawks’ Richard Lee sent Jared Hamilton to the line. There, he was able to bring the lead to 15, and he made the first point of the second half.
The Gamecocks got out to a 21-point lead before the Skyhawks’ Howard was allowed to make a jump shot.
Jacksonville State would maintain at least a 19-point lead for the rest of the game. They would stretch that lead to almost 30, but ended the match-up with a nice 22-point lead over UT Martin, 82-60.
During the second half, the Gamecocks shot field goals at 50 percent, and were an incredible 57.1 percent from beyond the arch.
The defense once again held the Skyhawks. They were only allowed to shoot 33.3 percent from inside the arch, and 18.2 percent from outside of it. Both teams shot 66.7 percent from the stripe.
Jacksonville State had nine attempts, while UT Martin had 18.
Aside from the near record-breaking night Durham had, he was also able to lead the team in field goals made, three-point shots made and free throws made with three.
JaQuail Townser had 13 points off of five field goals made, with three coming from three-point land. Townser was also able to get four defensive rebounds. Hamilton had 12 points off of five field goals made, with one three-pointer. Hamilton also got one offensive rebound and three defensive rebounds. Greg Tucker accumulated 12 points off of four field goals made with all four coming from beyond the arch. Jeremy Watson led Jacksonville State in total rebounds. Watson was able to get three offensive and three defensive rebounds. Drumwright managed to grab one offensive and three defensive rebounds.